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Ukraine ‘uses two UK-made Storm Shadow missiles’ to blow up military HQ visited by Putin in rare trip to frontline

UKRAINE has reportedly used two UK-made Storm Shadow missiles to blow up a military HQ visited by Vladimir Putin in a rare trip to the frontline.

The British made missiles hit a recreation centre used by Russia's military close to the occupied Kherson region, Ukrainian forces said.

A third may have been shot down by Russian airdefences.

Ambulances were reportedly at the scene, with Russian reports admitting to one woman killed in the strike.

Footage showed a building ablaze near Henichesk, close to the Arabat Spit, a long, thin strip of land linking occupied Kherson region to the Crimean peninsula.

One report citing locals said after the strikes: “Everything is closed now, there are many ambulances and fire appliances.”

Putin supposedly made a surprise visit to meet his military commanders here in April.

Yet this trip triggered strong suspicions that he had used a body double to stand in for him, since he did not dare travel the war zone himself amid paranoia over assassination or a missile strike.

Until recently receiving UK-supplied Storm Shadow missiles, Ukraine did not have long-range precision missiles.

Russia had chosen Henichesk as a makeshift capital of occupied Kherson region because at the time it was out of range of Ukrainian missiles - but no longer.

A report today said that Russian national guards were stationed here.

The Putin-appointed governor of Kherson region Vladimir Saldo said today that the strike was “another confirmation of the barbarism and inhumanity of the London-controlled Kyiv regime”.

The “wreckage of a Storm Shadow missile aimed at children's recreation camp Dnepryany” was found, he said.

“One missile was shot down, but two were able to reach their target.“As a result, one person was killed and another was injured.”

While he claimed the attack was on a “children’s camp”, this was a base for “servicemen of the Russian Guard”, said Ukrainska Pravda.

He claimed “pinpoint strikes are carried out by British missiles delivered to the Kyiv regime for ‘peace’ on civilian infrastructure.

“They persecute the top officials of the Kherson region and terrorise the population, but we do not give up.”

Saldo also claimed missiles had struck a centre for flooding evacuees after this week’s Kakhovka dam explosion.

Separately a major explosion and fire hit a fuel and lubricants depot at the railway station in Russian city Ufa.

The cause was not disclosed but an investigation was underway into possible sabotage.

One man sustained serious burns.

A special fire train was sent to deal with the inferno which covered 5,380 square feet amid warnings of further explosions.

Separately, footage of a Ukrainian Su-24 bomber is said to show the warplane carrying Storm Shadow cruise missiles.

Russia has expressed fury that the UK supplied the long-range missiles which have been used to strike targets in annexed Ukraine, for example on the Sea of Azov in Berdiansk.

The missiles with a range of around 155 miles have also hit the blitzed city of Mariupol, also now in Russian hands.

And previous strikes on Luhansk were reported as Storm Shadow missiles.


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